by Matt Bowen
May 17, 02010
Can we honestly put a value on Jets CB Darrelle Revis?
According to reports, the Jets and the Pro Bowl corner are starting to talk contracts — and I’m wondering how you put a dollar value on the best overall cover corner in the league.
The same guy who’s mentioned at or near the top when we have discussions about Nnamdi Asomugha, Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey of the Broncos. Elite talent and elite players on Sundays.
Yesterday, the NFP’s Michael Lombardi wrote that Revis and his agent, Neil Schwartz, might be looking for a deal that could average more than $20 million per season – a deal that may take some time to get done but a deal we should expect to get done.
Big money, right?
Of course, but when we take a step back and throw Revis’ impact into the mix when we bring up his overall value, that number might not be as enormous as we all think. Think of the Jets and Rex Ryan’s defense -- a lot of pressure, multiple blitz packages and an overwhelming amount of man coverage in the secondary.
We know that Revis can play press-man at the line of scrimmage. He’s excellent when he can get his hands on a WR at the line — because he can control the situation and control the result. Plus, let’s not forget that Revis can play off-man as well. There will be plenty of times in the 2010 season when we see him align at a depth of seven yards, mirror a WR’s release and break downhill on the football — with flawless technique. And he can tackle, a lost art when we talk about the cornerback position.
Take that player and throw him into Ryan’s scheme. Having a corner who requires little or no safety help is a luxury in this league. It allows Ryan the freedom to pressure more and call more combination coverages. This allows the free safety to slide to the opposite side of the field, cut to the slot receiver on an inside release, play the top of a triangle (think 3 on 2), jump routes, etc.
Most of all, it allows Ryan to set up his players to make plays on the football. And that’s what wins in New York right now when we talk about this style of defensive football.
The past couple of weeks I’ve talked a lot about players — including Patrick Willis in San Fran — who have produced enough to get rewarded. Revis is no different in that regard. I can’t say what his “true value” is when we talk about the maximum deal in a contract, but let’s be realistic — he’s worth every dollar.
The Jets know this. Get it done.
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